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Blitz to begin on cellphone use

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Latest Crime News | Monday November 26 2012 5:48

Blitz to begin on cellphone use

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Police says there's been a substantial rise in the number of drivers they're catching on the phone.

A week long police blitz on drivers using cellphones while driving begins today.

National Manager- Road Policing Superintendent Carey Griffiths says after it was made an offence they were issuing around seven and a half thousand infringement notices a year, but this year so far it's been around 12 and half thousand.

He says people aren't getting the message.

"We've had about 28 people die since 2007 due to cellphone use in vehicles and it's a timely reminder going into Christmas that people need to pay attention to what they're doing."

Carey Griffiths says although the legislation allows the use of hands-free mobile phones, drivers should minimise the potential for distraction by switching phones off while driving, or pulling over to make or receive calls.

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